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Niekamp Named Buckingham’s Akron Office Partner-in-Charge

April 1, 2023    •    2 min read

Effective April 1, 2023, Buckingham, Doolittle and Burroughs, LLC is pleased to announce that Chris Niekamp has been named Office Partner-in-Charge (OPIC) of the Firm’s Akron office.

Niekamp joined Buckingham in 2020, after serving as Managing Partner of Niekamp, Weisensell, Mutersbaugh & Mastrantonio, LLP for many years.

“Rich Fry has been the Akron OPIC since 2020, in addition to serving as the Taxation Practice Group Leader where he would now like to exclusively focus on the great work and continued growth of this group,” says Buckingham Managing Partner Steve Dimengo.  “The OPIC role is extremely vital to the culture of each of our offices and spearheads many of the Firm’s community involvement activities for their office. They also lead the efforts around internal teambuilding and morale. Chris has been very active in the community and has enthusiastically planned many of our office events.”

Niekamp is a Corporate and Commercial Litigation attorney who represents large and small businesses and individuals in matters related to bankruptcy and creditors’ rights, mergers and acquisitions, real estate (including litigation), and shareholder disputes.  Niekamp is a member of IR Global, an international network of attorneys.  Niekamp works with many Akron organizations and is part of Leadership Akron Class 39.

“I am thrilled to accept the role of Office Partner-in-Charge,” says Niekamp. “It’s just part of my DNA to want to bring people together to forge new connections and foster relationships. And even after being at Buckingham for a couple of years, I wake up each day, excited to come to work, as you would on the first day of a new job. I’m looking forward to carrying on the great work started by my colleague, Rich Fry, who has served as Akron’s OPIC for the past three years.”

“I echo Chris’s sentiments regarding Rich Fry,” says Dimengo. “Rich has done a tremendous job with the attorneys and staff in Akron during his tenure as OPIC. The past several years have brought many challenges to the workplace but Rich has done well in keeping attorneys and staff engaged, including supporting attorneys in search of board positions and encouraging staff to form a ‘fun committee’ to organize social events around the office. Thank you, Rich, for all of your contributions and best of luck to Chris with this new opportunity.”

Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs is a corporate law firm that counsels middle-market executives and business leaders all over Ohio and beyond. Buckingham has served Northeast Ohio for more than 100 years through sophisticated and practical legal services. With more than 70 attorneys in Akron, Canton and Cleveland, Buckingham has extensive experience working with owners of middle-market businesses in all aspects of their operations. Buckingham’s mission is to deliver meaningful experiences through the practice of law, exceed expectations in terms of service, counsel and business sense, and to offer continuous value to the industries, communities and clients they serve. For more information, visit www.bdblaw.com.

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